Voluntary Recall for Navajo Pride Bleached Flour Due to Possible Health Risk

Voluntary Recall for Navajo Pride Bleached Flour Due to Possible Health Risk

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Voluntary Recall for Navajo Pride Bleached Flour Due to Possible Health Risk

Hal Thompson
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE — April 2, 2015 — Farmington, NM — NAVAJO PRIDE, LLC of FARMINGTON, NM is issuing a voluntary recall of Bleached All Purpose Flour Lot#075B110064, expiration date 03162016 (“Product”) because it has the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella, an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Healthy persons infected with Salmonella often experience fever, diarrhea (which may be bloody), nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain. In rare circumstances, infection withSalmonella can result in the organism getting into the bloodstream and producing more severe illnesses such as arterial infections (i.e. infected aneurysms), endocarditis and arthritis.
After conducting an internal investigation with assistance from third party advisory in food Quality Assurance, we are issuing a Voluntary Recall due to the low risk of the Product. Navajo Pride is providing full cooperation with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and our certifying body the Safe Quality Food Institute (SQFI).
The potential for contamination was noted after routine testing by the company revealed the presence of Salmonella in a 5lb sample.
Product was delivered to regional retailers. No illnesses have been reported to date. Flour products are considered low risk due to the intended use as a cooking agent.
Navajo Pride, LLC is communicating with stores that have received the affected Product. Stores have been instructed to cease distribution of this Product and to remove the Product from store shelves.
Product comes in 5lb cloth bags, 25lb cloth bags, 50lb paper bags and is marked Navajo Pride with lot#075B110064 and an expiration date of 03162016.
Consumers that have the Product are urged not to eat it and to destroy the Product or return it to the point of purchase. Consumers with questions can contact Navajo Pride, LLC for further information at (505)566-2670 between the hours of 9:00AM and 5:00PM MST Monday-Friday. No other product by Navajo Pride is involved in this cautionary, voluntary recall.

* We believe that none of the products being recalled were processed or offered through the national office.

* We strongly encourage you to notify your agencies within one business day from receipt of this notice.

* ALL cased and uncased inventories, both at the member level and agency level, need to be checked. This product may have entered member and agency warehouses through salvage, local donations, TEFAP, local purchases, retail pickups, food drives, or other avenues.

* For additional local details, please contact the Health Department(s) for the area(s) your food bank serves.
For full details on the recall, please visit: http://www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm445036.htm?source=govdelivery&utm_medium=email&utm_source=govdelivery

If you have questions, please contact Wayne Melichar, Food Safety Manager, at [email protected] or 312.629.7263.